Following the gruesome shooting incident in Connecticut many schools around the world wanted to upgrade their facilities to boost security and ensure the safety of their students. Australian education authorities believe, however, that there is no need to upgrade security measures currently available in all school levels in the country.
"Schools already have well-established and effective security procedures, including lock-outs and lock-downs," NSW spokesperson said in a statement on Monday as reported by Big Pond News. But he added that any student showing signs of being upset will immediately be assisted by teachers, and if needed, by a professional counselor.
"Any individual students who show symptoms of being upset will be assisted in the first instance by their teacher, and subsequently a counsellor if that is required," he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Queensland education minister said that there were no special new security arrangements at state schools. He also believes that each school in Australia has effective measures to prevent an incident just like what happened in the U.S.
Education authorities in the country are more attentive to giving help for children who might show symptoms that could lead to violence. Teachers are advised to talk to their students from as often as possible and know them better so assistance will be given to those who might need it.
The Connecticut shooting incident left 28 people dead; 20 were children.
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